The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

April 27, 2017

FIRST Championship Please join members of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as they participate in the FIRST Innovation Faire at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri April 26th through April 28th. Join us as we have hands-on activities for entrepreneurs...

April 27, 2017

The Rocky Mountain USPTO will be participating in Dream Big Eads to inspire students to use STEAM to improve our world. Approximately 250 students from high schools across the Kiowa County area will meet at Eads High School to explore five different areas of technology: space, unmanned air systems...

April 27, 2017

As part of its Patents Education Curriculum, the Silicon Valley USPTO will host a two-hour workshop on patent searching. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners on the USPTO Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) which are publicly available at the regional office. A supervisory patent...

April 28, 2017

FIRST Championship Please join members of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as they participate in the FIRST Innovation Faire at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri April 26th through April 28th. Join us as we have hands-on activities for entrepreneurs...

April 29, 2017

The Rocky Mountain Regional Office will be participating in the two-day event at STEAM Fest 2017. We will be hosting a resource table along with an educational, hands-on activity using products found around the home. Come participate in our activity, and ask us any questions you may have on the...

May 2, 2017

Come learn from leading experts on Intellectual Property (IP) about the protection and enforcement of your IP in China. At this seminar you will be introduced to Chinese principal laws on patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets; enforcing your IP rights in China; hear perspectives from...

May 2, 2017

The Boardside Chat scheduled for May 2, 2017 has been cancelled. Topic: Motions to Seal, Protective Orders, and Confidential Information in AIA Trials The PTAB is pleased to announce its inaugural “Boardside Chat” lunchtime webinar series to be held bi-monthly throughout 2017. The purpose of the...

May 2, 2017

Join us on the first Tuesday of every month as we host advisory hours at The Commons on Champa in downtown Denver as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Federal Government Tuesdays. You can schedule appointments for one-on-one meetings, or just walk in to talk with us with your...

May 3, 2017

Activity Speaker PPAC is planning to have deliberative discussions regarding pre-decisional confidential information with respect to USPTO strategic planning for 2017-2018 as well as potential recommendations as to future budget planning related to patent fees and USPTO operations. Marylee Jenkins...

May 3, 2017

Join us as we celebrate World IP Day by celebrating business and discovering how innovation drives business in our region! We'll focus on what impact patents, trademarks, and trade secrets have on business growth and opportunty. We'll learn how intellectual property drove the business growth of...

News & Updates

March 8, 2017 Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological…

January 9, 2017 USPTO Announces New Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The Public Advisory…

December 12, 2016 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced Today, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which offers a blueprint for coordinating resources and…

Patent Quality Conference

Advancing Patent Quality Across the IP Community Keynote Speaker: Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Patent Quality Conference

Advancing Patent Quality Across the IP Community Keynote Speaker: Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

October 14, 2016 USPTO Seeks Further Public Input on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that as part of its effort to solicit input from the public regarding the legal contours of patent subject matter eligibility, it will be holding two roundtables, one in November and…

September 30, 2016 USPTO Seeking Comments on Proposed Patent Fee Adjustments

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking(link is external) (NPRM) proposing to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The proposed fees…

September 29, 2016 USPTO Announces Patents for Humanity Winners

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an Obama administration initiative…

September 27, 2016 USPTO Announces Cancer Moonshot Challenge Winners

Washington— The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the winners of the USPTO Cancer Moonshot Challenge. The challenge was launched by the USPTO in August as part of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, which aims to speed up…